The Joint Commission Awards HackensackUMC Palisades Advanced Certification As A Primary Stroke Center

HackensackUMC Palisades announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

HackensackUMC Palisades underwent a rigorous onsite review earlier this year. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

"We are pleased to receive the advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of HackensackUMC Palisades. "The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide to our communities. We applaud our physicians, skilled nurses, and devoted staff for their tireless efforts in helping us reach these high standards of excellence in patient care."

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (JAMA, 2000) and the "Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (Stroke, 2011).

"HackensackUMC Palisades has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers," said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, Executive Director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. "We commend HackensackUMC Palisades for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."

"We congratulate HackensackUMC Palisades for achieving this designation," said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, HackensackUMC Palisades has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke."

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About HackensackUMC Palisades

HackensackUMC Palisades (formerly Palisades Medical Center) is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen Counties. The non-profit Medical Center is a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. For the past three years, HackensackUMC Palisades has been ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored HackensackUMC Palisades with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. HackensackUMC Palisades is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,200 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit www.HackensackUMCPalisades.org.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call (800) AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program, visit www.heart.org/myhospital.